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Nat Turner, revolutionary freedom-fighter and leader of a slave revolt in Southampton County, VA, was hanged, in Jerusalem, VA, on this date in 1831, for his involvement in the revolt.
D. McCree patented the Portable Fire Escape on this date in 1890.
A new constitution with a "grandfather clause" was adopted in Alabama on this date in 1901. This clause, designed to eliminate Black voters, passed with a vote of 108,613 to 81,734. In 1900, Alabama had 181,315 Black and 232,821 white eligible voters.
Daniel Louis "Satchmo" Armstrong recorded the first of his "Hot Five" and "Hot Seven" recordings on this date in 1925. These recordings greatly influenced the direction of jazz music.
James Rosamond Johnson, actor and co-composer of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," died in New York City on this date in 1954. James Rosamond wrote the music and his brother, James Weldon, wrote the words to the song.
George R. Carruthers patented an Image Converter for detecting electromagnetic radiation on this date in 1969.
The African nation of Angola was proclaimed independent on this date in 1975.
Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., civil rights leader and father of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., died on this date in 1984.
Dr. Michael J. Sorrell, College Administrator/Attorney
Roland Martin, political commentator
Willie Parker, NFL star
Lavell Crawford, comedian
Victor Cruz, NFL star
Lee Haney, Fitness Pro